Mollie King Saturdays Fitness Interview
Mollie King is cross. Well, as cross as the “posh, smiley one” from girlband The Saturdays probably ever gets. “That’s a really mean question!” she cries when asked which member of the obscenely attractive five-piece has the best body. “They’re all amazing!” It’s a diplomatic answer but then, the 25-year-old Londoner has become a pro at diplomacy. She’s had to: not a day goes by when her Disney-esque face isn’t splashed across the tabloids. (For the record, she really does look like a fairytale princess in the flesh – all vanilla tresses, aqua blue eyes and flawless caramel skin.) Her relationship status has become something of a national sport, dissected with all the microscopic precision of a laboratory test. But just in case you’ve been living in Outer Mongolia, she dated the equally attractive Dolce & Gabanna model David Gandy for nine months before splitting earlier this year. She was also falsely rumoured to have stepped out with our rogueish monarch Prince Harry.
One thing we can tell you for sure is that beneath the immaculate manners and Kofi Annan-level mediation skills, Mollie is one of us – a good egg who’s fully aware of how fabulously surreal her showbiz lifestyle is. She chats openly with everyone on the set of the WH shoot, trading travel tips – she’s just returned from a week’s holiday in Turkey – and celeb-spotting anecdotes (turns out she’s as star-struck as the rest of us). And when our shoot overruns, she doesn’t complain. In fact, so nice is Mollie King, she even films a video wishing the editor’s little brother a happy birthday. Like we said, a terribly nice girl.
But it’s her body that has us all fooled. As a former member of the British ski team, it’s no surprise Mollie is in rather good nick – we just had no idea how good. Though she claims to hate her stomach, this is a woman who works hard to stay in shape. She may tweet about scoffing pizza and chips on tour, but when she’s on home turf she sweats it out at tough thrice-weekly sessions with her personal trainer, Nathalie Bomgren from Knightsbridge gym Bodyism (who also hones the body of Rosie Huntington-Whiteley). Throw in hours of dance rehearsals with her bandmates – Una Healy, Rochelle Wiseman, Frankie Sandford and Vanessa White – and you start to understand how Mollie got that perfect combination of strong, lean limbs and ice-cream scoop curves.
Here, in her own words, she tells us the secrets behind her body, the key to lifelong friendship, plus why she’s not in a hurry to bump into Simon Cowell again…
Mollie King Interview
Mollie: “I was on the Great Britain children’s skiing team when I was 12, and then at 15 I was asked to go on the adult squad. It was my life growing up. I was training six or seven days a week and lived out in France at the British Ski Academy with the squad. It was full-on. I skied every morning from 8am until 1pm and then we’d have lunch and start our school work. At the time I didn’t think it was odd but now I look back and think, ‘Oh my God, who does that?’”
Mollie: “I loved skiing but I always went to bed dreaming of singing and dancing, and of being on the stage. I’d be on the chair-lift telling everyone I wanted to be in a band. They’d be like, ‘So what are you doing this for then?’ It was two worlds apart. I finally stopped professional skiing when I was 17. It was hard to give it up because I was training at an Olympic level and doing well. It was a big risk. But, thank God, it paid off.”
Mollie: “Before The Saturdays I was in another girlband called Fallen Angelz. We auditioned on X Factor and, to this day, it remains the most nerve-racking experience of my life. With the The Saturdays, I’ve performed at Wembley Stadium but X Factor was more intimidating. Simon Cowell, Louis Walsh and Sharon Osbourne were the judges but you also know everyone from school is watching and judging too. Proper scary.”
Mollie: “I get totally star-struck by everyone. I can usually talk for England but, when we met Take That [The Saturdays toured with the Mancunian manband in 2009] I was utterly silent. I mean, what do you say to Gary Barlow? I’ve also got loads of photos at home where I’ve gone up to a celebrity and asked for a picture. Like when I saw Amy Winehouse. I said, “Hi! Can I have a picture with you?” Not cool, I know. People probably dive into their dressing room when they see me approaching now, to avoid a confrontation with my camera phone.”
Mollie: “I don’t drink and have never been drunk, ever. I suppose at some point, I do need to be able to say, ‘Oh, I know what that hangover feels like,’ but I haven’t had one yet. I don’t know why but I just don’t fancy it. I love going out with my friends and am always the first on the dance floor without a drink. Getting a bit of Dutch courage is something that’s just never been on my radar.”
Mollie: “On tour, I’m afraid The Saturdays aren’t very rock‘n’roll but we do have a lot of fun. Each one of us dreads the others seeing us do our ‘sexy face’ whilst performing – you know you’re going to get a lot of stick and ribbing from the rest of the group.”
Mollie: “The girls laugh at me because they think I eat a lot yet still stay quite slim, but I work out at least twice a week. I never ever look in the mirror and think, ‘God, you look good’. I think every girl has hang-ups, which is sad, isn’t it? Even someone like Angelina Jolie, who to me is perfection, but I bet she has bad days too.”
Mollie: “I’m really pleased with myself if I get to bed before midnight. That’s an early night for me – usually I don’t go to sleep until 1.30ish.”
Mollie: “If I were to choose a part of each of my bandmate’s bodies to make up the perfect woman, I would take Una’s eyes, Rochelle’s boobs, Frankie’s tummy and Vanessa’s bum. Then my legs – if we have to! You might be surprised to know I’m not that comfortable showing off my body. I’m very self conscious in a bikini and I’d never get my tummy out on stage. ”
Mollie: “I eat pretty healthily most of the time but I love takeaways, because I can’t cook, and often eat until I feel sick. Frankie and I had a massive curry the other week. She was so full afterwards, she pointed at her stomach and said, ‘Look at my food baby’. I was like, ‘Look at my food toddler’.
Mollie: “I love sports and will have a go at everything. For my birthday this year, I want to get all my friends together – including the girls in the band and my sisters, Ellen and Laura – and hold a sports day in the park with cricket and rounders.”
Mollie: “On my days off, I like to be outdoors – on my bike or walking the dog or swimming – so it’s important that anyone I date is also into fitness. I find it near on impossible to sit around. I like to do, which I’ve been told can be quite annoying for other people.”
Mollie: “I still find it weird when people recognise me. If anyone approaches and asks if I’m Mollie from The Saturdays, I get shy and embarrassed. I feel like they expect me to break out in a song and dance. I’m sure they’re disappointed.”
Mollie: “I love the band, they’re my life. But in ten years time I also hope to have a family. I already have my baby names. Now I just need to find a good man.”
If you are interested in reading any more interviews, we have interviewed Erica Wells, co-author of The Rookie Mom’s Survival Guide and also interviewed Team Huntress who hold outdoor adventure clinics for women